Study Type: Member Story
Patient Sex: Female
Patient Ethnicity: White
Patient Age: 28
Published Date: 05/07/2018
Conditions: Abdominal Pain, Liver, Pancreas and Gallbladder
Therapies: Exercise, Diet Therapy
Gallbladder removal led to a Clostridium Difficile infection that lasted 6+ months, leading to dietary restriction.
I have always been an incredibly motivated, strong individual, so the loss of my ability to care for myself for so long truly pushed me to not only better myself, but come back stronger than I was before.
Don't ever lose hope. Not only are there amazing substitutes for so many dietary issues, but many times our bodies heal much better than anyone could have guessed.
I made sure that I took at least 2-3 walks every day, spending at least 30 minutes outside, when I was incredibly sick. As I got better, I continued to spend more time outside. I am a firm believer that there is no better healer than fresh air. The hardest part will be convincing your exhausted self that the walk you're going to take is actually going to make you feel better, not worse.
Post gallbladder removal, I had a lot of dietary issues due to the removal being followed directly by a C. Diff infection. My greatest transition was the removal of HFCS from my diet, as it is a main GI irritant in my particular case. I not only feel a lot better, but there is a massive taste difference in my foods, as they do not contain fake sugars. With this being said, the removal of HFCS comes at a greater food loss than any other dietary restriction I have. I am required to not only check every label that I purchase, but it is also incorporated into a much, much larger percentage of products than I was ever aware of.